First NVIDIA Ion Win Announced, Acer AspireRevo

NVIDIA and Acer collectively took the wraps off the very first NVIDIA Ion-based design win, with a sleek new SFF PC (Small Form Factor PC) called the AspireRevo.  Built on the NVIDIA Ion platform, the AspireRevo consists of NVIDIA's GeForce 9400 chipset with integrated graphics in support of Intel's Atom processor.  Specifically, this new Acer system comes with an Atom 230 on board, which is a single core variant versus the dual core variant NVIDIA was showing in their Ion reference system.  The new little system looks a tad like Asus' Eee Box perhaps, but with a bit more styling and of course a lot more GPU horsepower under the hood for multi-media and full HD video offload processing on the Ion platform IGP.  Here are a few of AspireRevo's specifics, to get you all lathered up...

As you'll note, the Acer AspireRevo has roomy capacity in both system memory (up to 4GB total) as well as its storage subsystem, with up to a 250GB hard drive.  Additional storage capacity can be tapped into via eSATA and of course USB2.0.  Other key I/O options include HDMI, VGA, and the obligatory Gigabit Ethernet port.  The AspireRevo is actually a very stylish little machine.  Let's salivate, shall we?

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The AspireRevo measures a svelte and tiny 7.1-inch x 7.1-inch x 1.2-inches high.  Bookshelf HTPC?  It certainly does smack of that and if you tether a USB Blu-ray drive to it, you've got all the comforts of home in very little space.

Other key features of AspireRevo include:
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Future Windows 7 support and compatibility
  • 1080p HD video with HD 7.1 audio
  • DirectX 10 graphics with advanced digital display connectivity
  • Runs games like Spore, Sim City 5 and even Call of Duty 4 at moderate resolutions and image quality
  • Accelerated video and transcoding via NVIDIA CUDA technology
In a press briefing today NVIDIA commented that while the Acer AspireRevo offers a single-core Atom implementation, that dual core Atom-based Ion products will be forth coming.  In addition, NVIDIA plans to foster VIA-based Ion designs as well.  Pricing for the AspireRevo, though not confirmed just yet, is expected to be around the $299 mark.  Availability for the AspireRevo is TBD currently but we will update this news release as more details become available -- and of course, we're looking forward to giving you a hands-on view of the AspireRevo in the weeks ahead as well.
savage animal 5 years ago

Thats really sweet, and if that price is correct worth every penny

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

Nice looking little box.

Dave_HH 5 years ago

It's true, the thing looks HOT. We're trying to get a hold of one ASAP. :)

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]

It's true, the thing looks HOT. We're trying to get a hold of one ASAP. :)


I hope you do. I could see Marco playing a little left 4 dead on there.

bmoura 5 years ago

That's a very nice one. Would make an excellent machine for running Boxee for Windows and connecting it to the big screen TV.

Keep us informed when the review is ready! :)

pgomes 5 years ago

I agree, it looks like a perfect little box for Boxee. It may be a little underpowered for Tivo for Windows (where I live, Time-Warner purposely blocks out certain channels from cablecard users, so I can't use an HD Tivo), but maybe the dual core models will be up to the task.

One question, though, is it possible to turn on the AspireRevo with a remote?

Super Dave 5 years ago

I would like to see what it's numbers are in Vista's Windows Experience Index.

acarzt 5 years ago

The base model will probably be around $300 and only come with maybe 1GB of ram and a small hdd. But I imagine once the options start adding up, like the 250GB hard drive, 4GB of ram and Vista Premium it's probably gonna get up above $600.

DocM 4 years ago

I now have two, the single core R1600 and a dualie R3610.

The R1600 with XP sp3, 1 gig, a 160g HDD (Seagate), no wireless networking and a wired keyboard & mouse is going for $199 at Best Buy and works well for streaming Netflix HD at 720p using Silverlight, but Hulu or anything else using Flash (I'm using Flash 10.1 beta for GPU acceleration) stutters every few seconds due its GPU acceleration not working well w/XP. 

The dual core R3610 with Win7 at ~$325 (street)  is the better option as it's a champ at streaming HD-whatever. Value wise, the cost of a Vista or XP license alone nearly covers the price difference, but with the R3610 you also get another core, an extra gig of RAM (both take PC6400 up to 4 gigs), wireless-N, a wireless keyboard & mouse and a 250g HDD.

No brainer IMHO.


Aside:  When are they ever going to fix Flash's streaming? I understand Silverlights  limitations, but for streaming video it kills Flash.

rapid1 4 years ago

rofl I thought it was a new Nvidia announcement whoops.

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